beyond rigor mortis of the mind…

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Though the body ages, creaks with pain, deteriorates, 

slowly withers like a flower…

one can have a youthful, budding, blossoming smile

on one’s face


Energy, action, movement

which make up the body

is, as Einstein suggested, eternal;

but eternity runs deeper than that


It permeates much deeper than the superficial

will ever realize;

and as they (unfortunately) continue to deteriorate 

both mentally and physically

something (warmly) eternally eludes dullness, indifference, and

deadcold callousness

At the fall of one's life. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

At the fall of one’s life. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015



On the nature of nature…


It is great to go out and enjoy nature, being very appreciative of all that nature offers.  There is tremendous beauty and order in nature.  Even the more brutal, violent things that occur in (and “as”) nature are part of a larger, overall order that is truly immense.  Those who are not at all interested in nature, who are not interested in the outdoors and in the many diverse plants and animals, are not to be envied; they are missing something in their lives; really, a life without “life” may not be much of a life at all.

When one experiences nature, how does one experience it?  If one merely experiences it as an outside “observer,” then there is a very good chance that one is looking with distance and separation.  However, if one looks passionately, deeply, without the contamination from the way that one was supposedly “educated,” then there may be real perception, real contact and relationship with (and “as”) what nature is.  Then you and nature are not merely two separate things.  Nature is alive; but if you look at it through a bunch of dead (learned and absorbed) images, are you really perceiving the immensity of nature?   It is easy to look via distance and separation, and with learned, dead concepts and say, “Oh yes, indeed, I am one with nature, one with the whole!”  However, that may be rather meaningless unless one profoundly goes beyond what was instilled in (and “as”) one throughout the past.  With (and “as”) the past is how most of us view nature.  We look with preconceived symbols, stiff images, learned distance and separation, labels, and lifeless concepts absorbed in the past…  and so we are not really looking much at all; instead, our perceiving is contaminated.  Our very concept of self — that thinks it is doing the looking — is (in itself) a learned, separate, rather defunct thought/set of thoughts. 

Interestingly, through intense awareness and keen insight, if one gets to that point (which really isn’t a “point” at all, by the way), then one is beyond where boredom, depression, and indifference can take a hold.  Without being dependent upon dead, internal images and symbols, one is where real life, fortunately enough, truly blossoms, just as it does in profound nature.  Then one doesn’t need to take mind-altering drugs or cling to artificial, unnatural, man-made things, leaders, and systems.  (Many, unfortunately, are like walking graveyards, and they don’t even realize it.)  Then — unlike most, who were taught to cling to (and supposedly live as) dead symbols, musty conceptual images, and stagnant, repetitive patterns — one is where real living flowers.  Then one doesn’t even need to constantly experience nature (or constantly experience anything, for that matter)… because there exists a flowing vitality, immensity, and intensity that is beyond (at times) the need for images, experiences, and “absorbing more and more, and still more.”

Silver-spotted Skipper (or something beyond a mere label). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Silver-spotted Skipper (or something beyond a mere label). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015


Beyond the whole of merely the bowl…


it was hiding in plain sight

the unconditionedwhole

but she never really saw it

like she did the littlegreen bowl


it was always to be seen

beyond cadaverous illusion or disjointed dream

but separative frag ments can not be it

like a drop ped b owl that was gre en


it’s popular to show off your wares

to all you know, to many friends of natty seg ments

but real joy is not to splinters shown

nor can be vis u ally ad mired by bro ken frag ments

Bowl Mushroom (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Bowl Mushroom (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Bowl Mushroom (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Bowl Mushroom (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015




Where living and dying are one


So many of us live in — and “as” — fear without ever fully realizing it.  Most of us remain in the structures and patterns of what we were taught… and comfortably remain there; we are either afraid or indifferent about going beyond.  The older we get, the more set in our ways we get.  So many of us — as we age — lose our mental pliability and flexibility; we become rigid, rather robotic followers of old, worn-out traditions that supposedly exist to save us and protect us.  (Unfortunately, many of these traditions keep us in our place and fill certain individuals with power, money, and prestige.)  

When fear exists, are you something separate from what that fear is?  Most of us were taught that we are separate from our fears, desires, and systems of thinking.  A truly wise human being can realize that fear (and what he or she is)… are not two separate things.  (Of course, one is not merely just “fear.”) We run from our fears without truly facing them, without really being in an orderly relationship with them.   A man might say, “I am dealing with my fears.”   Therein, a learned image, involving self, is a separative part of a conditioned system that includes conditioned fear.  However, one part of a conditioned system cannot “get rid of” (or “adequately resolve”) another part of a conditioned system.  There might be alteration, subjugation, and the appearance that it did (get rid of something), but two wrongs don’t make a right, not in the long run.  Ultimately, there is still disorder in (and “as”) what uses disorderly (i.e., false) means as a way to resolve psychological issues.   

Real, pristine awareness, without needless friction, can shed a light on things and renew the mind (helping it to exist as order).  However, if one is burdened with needless friction, conditioning, and false separation (and overburdened with symbols) — such as a concept of “me” or “myself” being something separate from the fear — then conditioned, learned images interfere with that spontaneous, pure awareness that is not merely a part of some (man-made) or primitive process of reaction.  So, the enlightened being perceives without all that accumulated rigamarole that takes time.  Transcending false values and conditioned reactions need not take time; but using erroneous, internal, false procedures depends upon time.  For instance, with a wise being, there is often an intense awareness wherein conditioned, manmade (internal) symbols instantly (without taking time) dissipate (without some separate, internal entity trying to end them).  (Any images “trying to end them” are merely part of the whole of the conditioned structure.  One part of this conditioned structure thinking it is separate from another part — trying to control it — furthers erroneous division and extends conditioning.)   So, with an entity who is truly wise, there exists a timeless “dying” or “ending” of the conditioned.   No separate image of self or absorbed method is doing this; (otherwise it is merely just a part of the conditioning).  Most people (in their acceptance of tradition and as part of their conditioning) put “dying” far away from daily life.  However, a truly perspicacious individual is daily dying (with a huger than huge smile)… psychologically dying to (and “as”) false, dead symbols, methodologies, and rudimentary reactions.  Such timeless dying (beyond any archaic, dead methodology of the stagnant past) is what is truly living (in the deepest, true sense).  Observation without a pattern, without a method, without learned separation and symbols… is effortless and does not involve a technique to robotically practice over time.  The masses, with their conditioned, fossilized methodologies and antiquated systems:  that may be where the nasty (most real) kind of death is.  That (unfortunately) is the fossilized matrix where most of them are buried, while thinking they are alive.  Unfortunately, for the most part, pointing out about leaving it, to them, is like explaining the value of gold to frogs.

So, in this, living and dying are one.  (The previous statement has a double meaning.)  However, for the masses, they are something separate… as are so many things (for them), including their limited concepts of self.  

Tree Frog climbing around the porch (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Tree Frog climbing around the porch (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Tree Frog climbing around the porch (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Tree Frog climbing around the porch (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015


There was this me… and every time this me looked…


There was this me

and every time this me looked

it saw what me was looking at

(This me was very orthodox…

being brought up by orthodoxy,

being cultivated by — and “as”– orthodoxy)

This me thought it was something separate

from the perceptions that it was taught it “had”

There was this movement without a center

and, when looking was taking place,

perceiving was what was…

without some separate center 

doing the perceiving

(This nonme was not very orthodox…

having psychologically died t0 — and “as”– orthodoxy)

There was this primitive conditioning

and every time this cadaverous conditioning looked

it saw what it was programmed to primitively see

There was this freedom from the known

and often — beyond indoctrination —

it moved livingly/compassionately/sagaciously

without a static blueprint

without some canned and pickled doctrine

that — in rigidity —  it would blindly cling to

Above and below. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Above and below. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015


Infinite potential…



(This posting is dedicated to the late Professor David Bohm, Theoretical Physicist, who specialized in Quantum Mechanics.  I used to have some very good one-on-one conversations with David.)

In quantum mechanics, when a separate observer looks at (or tries to measure) subatomic phenomena, the (endless) waveform collapses and there is an object that, for instance, exists in a distinct place, duration, or time.  (The waveform can exist at many places at once and has qualities of infinity.)  We are perpetually measuring things, even when we are not fully conscious of doing so.  Labeling things, identifying things, naming things, existing from one word-oriented symbol to the next… are all (in their own way) forms of measuring, categorizing, and assessing.  We were taught that the observer is doing the measuring, doing the categorizing, and doing the assessing.  However, is the observer truly separate from what the measuring, categorization, and assessment are constituted of?  Without measurement and assessment, without the usage of symbolism, the (separate) observer does not exist.  (Selfishness, by the way, requires the measurement that forges and invents a separate observer; therein, limitation is involved.)

Measuring (and all that type of process) is necessary at times.  Measuring, calculating, labeling, assessment (and all that) was drilled into us throughout our education.  However, they never taught us, or seriously suggested, that there are times when we can go beyond these things.  They had us live in thought, exist in thought, and worship thought.  They never suggested that we need not put all of our eggs in that one basket… the basket of thought (as measurement, categorizing, and assessing).  They never suggested that thought and thinking is a tool… (and need not be the essence of the organism).  You know, when you make tools all important, and forget about the living thing, you become rather robotic and mechanized… rather unalive.  Our “self concepts,” too, are all (basically) learned symbols.  Symbols are not the actuality; a description of an insect isn’t the insect.  But so many of us exist from one symbol to another; even when we look at things, we tend to see through (and “as”) a screen of learned symbols. 

We can exist beyond symbolism, measurement, and tool utilization… though symbolism, measurement, and tool utilization is often very necessary and prudent.  This is not some fanciful living the the here and now.  (Psychologically clinging to the here and now is rather like the collapse of the waveform; often involved in it are learned measurement, categorization, and assessment.)  Most minds will not be appreciative of this.  Most minds were indoctrinated by measurement (“with” and “as” measurement).  This is unfortunate, because the measureless has a quality of true infinity to it.  Limited — rather virtual — symbols (involving “self” or “not self”) can never capture or grasp that nonsymbolic, real, illimitable quality.  

Empty Exoskeleton of a Grasshopper (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Empty Exoskeleton of a Grasshopper (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Empty Exoskeleton of a Grasshopper (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Empty Exoskeleton of a Grasshopper (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015


The Ugly Duckling… or Beyond prayers consisting of learned symbols and images…

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Deity did not create this universe

and is not responsible for 

what takes place within

(and “as”) it.

Simple organisms

and rather more complex organisms

are in the same boat together.

Deity may not be of a prejudice

that favors one over the other.

One, not sophisticated enough 

to pray, is not favored over

one with propensities to pray.

One that is beautiful 

is not favored over one 

that is ordinary or rather ugly.

But complex organisms



(with real action and affection)

directly help simple organisms

and complex organisms too…

and both the beautiful

and the not so beautiful.

Don't duck the question. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Don’t duck the question. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015